Magnum, P.I.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Comedy-Drama, Police Procedural
Broadcast on: SABC3, FOX Crime, FOX Retro



Add to Show Favourites

Broadcaster information
International channels
CBS : 11 Dec 1980 - 08 May 1988

South African channels

FOX Retro : 03 May 2010 - 24 Jun 2013
SABC3 : 16 Jan 2014 - 06 Nov 2014
FOX Crime : 16 Jan 2014 - 20 Mar 2014

About the Show

Magnum, P.I. is an American action drama television series created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson and starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii, whose cases frequently have a humorous overtone and always just enough danger.

The series aired in the USA on CBS from 11 December, 1980 to 24 February, 1988. There are 162 hour-long episodes in eight seasons.

The series originally aired in South Africa on the old SABC channel TV1 (which later became SABC2), from 1981. It later aired on StarSat's (formerly TopTV) FOX Retro channel, ending its run after seven seasons when the channel became defunct in 2013; on DStv's and StarSat's FOX Crime channel (from Season 4) and on SABC3.

About the Show

Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV grew up with a father in the Navy, who died when he was 10, and entered the Naval Academy at 18. Magnum, a third generation Naval officer, graduated the Academy, became a Navy Seal, and was sent to Vietnam.

He made two life-long friends, Theodore "TC" Calvin and Orville "Rick" Wright, while serving in Vietnam.

After the war, Magnum was transferred to Naval Intelligence, and stationed in Pearl Harbour. His buddies retired from the military. TC opened up a helicopter tour guide service, while Rick was a club manager.

At the age of 33, Magnum woke up one morning and realised he was never 23. He quit the Navy, got a PI license and opened a practice in Hawaii.

He was eventually hired by a world-renowned author and playboy, Robin Masters, to monitor security at Robin's Nest, a huge estate on the north shores of Oahu.

Robin Masters would jet from one part of the world to another, and visit his various estates, and write best selling novels.

Robin's Nest is run by Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, a proper Englishman. Higgins was in lineage of a Duke and served in the Royal Army as a Sergeant Major.

Magnum lives in Robin's guest house and drives Robin's Ferrari. As a result, Higgins treats Magnum as a leech; however deep down they have great respect for each other.

The series follows Magnum on his various adventures involving clients, guests staying on the estate, or plots involving his days in Vietnam.

Magnum requires assistance occasionally from his friends, TC, Rick, Asst. D.A. Carol Baldwin, his buddies in Naval Intelligence; and even Higgins lends a hand from time to time.


Jonathan Quayle Higgins III

Orville 'Rick' Wright

Theodore 'TC' Calvin

Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV


New on TV today: Tuesday 17 May

Two shows returns on eReality: Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian and Snapped.

Scandal! extended teaser: Mo's moment and Lily-Juice returns

When your secret gets exposed on TV. This is the Mo-ment that confronts Dintle on Thursday.

Scandal! Teasers - June 2022

The Kubekas are in trouble and Omphile reveals secret truths.

New on TV today: Monday 16 May

Comedy-drama The Bisexual is new on S3 as M-Net searches for The Time Traveler's Wife.

New on TV today: Sunday 15 May

CBS Justice dives into the Lovers' Lane Murders, as Discovery follows the Bee Czar.

New on TV today: Saturday 14 May

Bettany Hughes' Treasures of the World starts on BBC Earth as SABC1 goes A Cut Above the Rest.

Elif 3 Teasers - June 2022

Serdar's life is falling apart.

Getroud met Rugby Teasers - June 2022

Kristien is missing!

New on TV today: Friday 13 May

Period drama The Essex Serpent launches on Apple TV+ and Mash-Up Our Home is new on HGTV.

KykNET & Kie jumps on the Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela bandwagon

They're starting with these two shows while eExtra's future on DStv remains in question.


More activity at TVSA Central




You browser doesn't have Flash, Silverlight, Gears, BrowserPlus or HTML5 support.